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Blame for Brewers-Pirates brawl?

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings Sunday, moving to an MLB-best 14-5 on the season. But that didn't take the headlines; instead, it was a big brawl that drew the most attention. It started when center fielder Carlos Gomez flipped his bat and looked on after hitting a ball deep to center field. Gomez ended up with a triple, and pitcher Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez's behavior (Gomez says he thought the ball would be caught). Words led to punches, and ultimately Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected. Who is to blame? Do you have a problem with hitters posing?

Who is to blame for the brawl between the Brewers and Pirates on Sunday?

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  • Do you have a problem with hitters flipping their bats and/or posing?

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  • Does Carlos Gomez deserve a suspension for his behavior during Sunday's game?

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Reason for Red Sox to worry?

With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?

How worried should Red Sox fans be about the team's 5-8 start?

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  • Which team will finish with the better record?

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  • Will the Red Sox and Yankees make the playoffs this year?

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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  • Has the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry lost intensity?

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Billy Hamilton has been clocked going from home plate to first base at 3.3 seconds, which (if our math is correct) means that he's about as fast as an F-22 fighter jet. Math was never our strong suit. He might be even faster going from third to home -- he scored a run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals that only he could score. There are questions surrounding whether Hamilton can hit enough to stay in the major leagues, but if he keeps making plays like this, he just might earn a permanent spot on the Reds' roster fairly soon.

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Booing Ryan Braun?

After an early mini-slump brought on by a thumb injury, Ryan Braun had a day Tuesday. Three home runs. A franchise-record-tying seven RBIs. But this wasn't celebrated -- oh no. It happened in the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener and -- shockingly -- the locals booed Braun. This is hardly the first time; Braun, who served a 65-game suspension last season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, also heard it from Boston Red Sox fans days ago. Will/would you boo Ryan Braun when he comes to your town? Would you do the same if he were on your team?

Will/would you boo Ryan Braun at your home stadium this year?

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  • Would you boo Ryan Braun if he were on your favorite team?

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  • Will Ryan Braun ever return to MVP form?

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In November, 5-year-old Miles Scott became "Batkid," as the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped transform the city of San Francisco into Gotham to fulfill the leukemia patient's dream of becoming Batman for a day.

The Internet melted, and the city didn't forget.

On Tuesday, Scott, who is now in remission, threw out the first pitch at the San Francisco Giants' home opener, with the help of pitcher Matt Cain. The results were, well, you gotta see for yourself:


The Batmobile carrying Miles Scott, aka Batkid, before he threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, before throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, and Matt Cain before throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Miles Scott, aka Batkid, throwing out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants' home-opener.AP Photo/Eric Risberg, Pool


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